MIAMI (AP) – Florida drivers can order more than 100 specialty License Plates celebrating everything from manatees to the Miami Heat, but one now under consideration would be the first in the nation to explicitly promote a specific religion.The Florida Legislature is considering a specialty plate with a design that includes a Christian cross, a stained-glass window and the words “I Believe.”
Rep. Edward Bullard, the plate’s sponsor, said people who “believe in their college or university” or “believe in their football team” already have license plates they can buy. The new design is a chance for others to put a tag on their cars with “something they believe in,” he said.
I don’t see why not. Personally I think customizable License Plates are stupid. It makes sense to be able to choose your number, for some people it’s easier to remember. I just don’t see the point in having a special plate to tell me how much you love Sea Cows. Couldn’t you express that love of Sea Cows through a crappy bumper sticker?
I feel the same way for a Christian License Plate. There are already a ton of bumper stickers to purchase from your local Christian Bookstore/Coffee House from Jesus R Us™. Besides, if we show it by our deeds, why do we need a Jesus Fish, amen? But if we’re going to have these anyway, why can’t we get a Christian one, or a Buddhist one, or an Islamic one, or a Wiccan one, or an Atheist one?
The problem with the state manufacturing the plate is that it “sends a message that Florida is essentially a Christian state” and, second, gives the “appearance that the state is endorsing a particular religious preference,” said Howard Simon, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida.
I for one am offended that the State of Florida supports the Miami Heat. I for one am a Bucks fan and I believe the government should keep out of sports.
Wait, you mean manufacturing a novelty license plate does not imply that the state supports, and promotes, the message? Oh…